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his is joy on current tv. >>if mitt romney treats his magic underwear the same way as his tax returns, then he's been going commando for the past 10 years.
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♪ >> john: i'm john fugelsang and this is the "stephanie miller show." good golly we have missed stephanie all week. she'll be back on monday but if y'all have had such a horrible week of missing steph, allow me
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to recommend to you the best thing you'll see on your television all weekend. current tv has done a documentary on the sexy liberal comedy tour filmed in madison, wisconsin, and other places and that will air tonight at 9:00 pm on current tv. it features stephanie. i'm in it hal sparks is in it. aisha tyler is in it. some of the fans are in it. and it will give you a tiny idea of what it is like to be in the % audience. if you go there you will actually be scraping stephanie dna off of you. and let's go to your calls right now. i want to get a muslim's
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perspective of what is going on but first januarys that is calling from wisconsin. >> caller: good morning, last night my sixth grade son told me he is runs for president of his school. and my husband and i were like that is so cool. and we were like what are your issues? what do you care about? and he goes i just want to be president. and his husband said it's just on his bucket list. >> john: that's awesome. >> caller: have a great day. >> john: good luck to your son, janice. >> romney's bucket list involves a lot of people kicking the bucket. [ laughter ] >> john: yeah, oh boy -- it's just -- i want to say nice things, i want to like him. he makes it hard. laura from pennsylvania good
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morning. laura? >> caller: yes, with hi. good morning to everyone. >> john: good morning. >> caller: yes i do campaign for president obama. >> john: yay! >> caller: and i have to tell everyone the question that is asked of me most of the time is what is entitlements? most people don't know. i want to mention everything that romney said he was going to do away with. so here they go -- and this is an insurance claim for everyone that thinks we want fit-free stuff, this is a safety net for everyone. social security is going. medicare is going. i talked to a lady that takes care of medicaid patients. it's $3,000 a month just to take care of someone who has alzheimer's. they said they are going to broke unions which started last year. and why? because their employers do not like -- our companies don't like unions, so they are going to do
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what romney does would imagine, and hire everyone minimum wage -- >> john: as teddy roosevelt said labor has to be organized because corporations are organized. stop calling them entitlements and start calling them earned benefits. >> caller: i like that better. >> john: entitlements -- if you read the word liberal in the dictionary, it's kind of a nice thing. same with entitlements it comes to mean something -- almost as if you were a millionaire at birth who thinks you should be handed the white house. >> caller: i definitely will. >> john: thank you so much -- >> caller: oh i'm not done.
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unemployment checks. people, you didn't put yourself out of work or quit your jobs. they are going to stop your unemployment checks and you won't have obama there to bail you out. food stamps, welfare, planned parenthood, education, loans for student, wick, a formula or babies, head start, fema clean air -- >> it sounds like a billy joel song. [ laughter ] >> caller: 97 hours a week i am tuned to a set -- i get up early in the morning and do all of my work. i'm a widow i'm 72. i'm so scared. research for cancer alzheimer's, no more research for cancer. >> john: do you want to say your name over the air and get a lot
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of friends. >> caller: sure? >> john: where do we fine you on facebook. >> caller: oh, i'm sorry, i write everything down that they say. >> you have cute cat pictures -- >> john: if you don't have documentation, you are qualified to work for paul ryan on his budget. thank you so much for your call but we have to go to break. an evangelical wrote down every lie romney wrote. it is 633 lies in the last two weeks. i have posted it on my facebook page. 616 lies. it's bonafied kids. we'll be back with dean to talk about the middle east right after this.
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[ ♪ music ♪ ] ♪ try to improve my vocabulary ♪ >> john: this is the "stephanie miller show." i'm john fugelsang. really, really honored to be filling in for steph all week. i love her staff her audience tony, not so much, but all y'all the rest of you, i really do. you are listening to little jackie. >> they sound great. >> john: to me it sounds like a
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phil sector all female group. check them out. we're going to go to the phones now. we had this guy on yesterday, good friend eh mine. i sometimes do a show calling laughing liberally. and dean is one of my favorite contributors, and we're thrilled to have him back on the "stephanie miller show." good morning, dean. how is your campaign going? >> pretty well. you have a commercial for id theft, and if people really want to inoculate themselves from getting their ids stolen convert islam. [ laughter ] >> no criminal is going to take a name like mine. i have a friend born in america, his first name is osama, he can
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leave his driver's license and credit card in a crack house, and he is fine. >> john: what happens if you are a muslim and have your identity stolen. that's really happen. in the middle east it will happen. but in america if you are a criminal, are you going to be john reynolds or mohammed odllalah osama -- >> john: i have stolen muslim identity and credit cards to buy
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pork. >> you can be mitt romney and not have an identity to steal. >> he is still running? >> john: he said that obama proved him right, and we have even seen so many republican foreign policy experts come out and slam foreign policy. peggy noonan take a break from writing her next ronald reagan coffee table book to criticize him. bob cheska wrote how does one sympathize with attackers when there are no attackers. i think he has that time machine -- >> did you see the political article by joe scar borrow.
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he said romney should lose. he was a respect congressman. i guess he is a moderate today -- >> john: no, i think he is a real conservative. he has stayed constant while his party went into a nut house. >> yeah. >> john: i don't agree with a lot of the things he said but i respect the things he says. as the gop has gone crazier, he has remained a real normal conservative, and he just doesn't hate liberals and hate the president. but he is right, dean, i think this is another example of how mitt romney is bad for the republican party from citizens united allowing him to buy the nomination process, to the fact that we don't know what his core
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values are, we call him reversible mittens. i want to ask you, dean about libya today, because it just seems like things are getting more and more ugly. we know they are trying to make arrests in libya for these senseless murders. >> yes. >> john: but i was moved by the photos on buzzfeed of people holding up signs saying they want peace. >> it's true and mitt romney criticized them. [ laughter ] >> what is -- i mean that -- and the images not on buzzfeed i saw them on facebook with libbians holding up signs, this
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is not what islam is about. the people who now run the government have been enboldened by u.s. support and nato support. some of this is media spin. yemen erupts and 2,000 protesters out of 25 million people. >> john: i heard that the cairo protest was not that huge of mob as well -- >> cairo was truly symbolic. >> when there's anti-war protests in america those don't get covered by the media. >> these are things that sell papers, there are protests going on in egypt that are very peaceful. if the american ambassador and workers were not killed it would just be a protest in the
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middle east. the libya one is really an isolated incident that looks more like an al-qaeda attack than any of the protesters -- i was happy to see the major groups had a big press event yesterday with a rabbi and christians saying they oppose this. i'm not talking about the violent part. i'm talking about getting people in the streets, going to chick-fil-a or whatever it may be. >> john: we're not saying that american anti-gay bigots are on
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the same level as the libbian -- >> our bigots are too lazy for violence. >> john: that's true. time and time again, this destructive horrible conflict we find the world in i have really come to believe it's not a clash of civilations or cultures it's our right-wing fundamentalists against their right-wing fundamentalists. they are not liberals and this week has convinced me more than ever that i'm on the side of those trying to solve matters peacefully. >> you have people who are anti-islam, and you have people who react that way, and then when they react that way, they
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go see look. this is how they are reacting. this is why we feel this way. you are purposefully knee jerking these people. >> john: yes, sir. >> they know it's going to play in america -- this is america we understand the values this nation is founded upon freedom of expression is paramount for us. so you don't see american muslims protesting. it's a deplorable video, but that's it. it's a handful of people a lot of times illiterate people used by leaders of other countries to get their base out, saying look how much power i have i have a thousand people on the streets. can you match that? yemen has a big influence over al-qaeda right now, so it says
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we have al-qaeda operatives for extreme -- >> john: exactly. >> does it's teeny. >> and google has blocked the anti-muslim film. we mentioned the name of it on tuesday. i'm not going to mention the name again. we don't know if these are spontaneous outbursts -- >> what i have been hearing -- i saw a report that said it's really a coordinated attack -- >> john: yeah. it might not be the film. >> the protests was kind of a cover for that. >> john: yeah it was planned. and president morsi, we always talk about in america if you are a christian then stop hating. and president morisi of egypt just did the same thing. he issued a statement saying how real muslims will respect and protect the ambassadors serving
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in their communities. >> yes, i saw that this morning. >> john: and again kudos to google for blocking this film. >> i'm such an advocate of freedom of expression it's a hard decision. but the mayor in new york city where i live blocked big sodas -- >> john: i know there will be no more obese people in new york city again. >> and chris christie is saying come on over to new jersey. >> john: we have the augusta, goop mountain dew freedom ride. >> are muslims in america more afraid to protest because of how
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they may be portrayed like they -- when you see protests anywhere in america, the way people react and respond, and because of how the right-wing generally trying to portray muslim, do you think that calls for the community to have protests and civilized disagreements with things like that? >> that's a good question, i think really for my father's generation, and immigrants who came here would be less likely to stand up for their rights. i think the people like myself the ones born here who understand the importance of politics, i don't think there's a hesitation anymore, my good friend [ inaudible ] said he could do a million muslim march and not tell anybody in advance, just take the streets of
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new york and just scare people. [ laughter ] >> and i think we're getting more and more active. and for the first time ever [ inaudible ] two muslim congressmen. the more elected officials who are muslim more and more defeats the concept that we don't value american values. what kills me sometimes -- fox is the only one who still gives two sides to islamaphobia. if you hate muslims, you are like the clan of the neo-nazis. >> john: right. >> so put the clan on. if you are going to have an issue about blacks put the klan on. >> john: i have muslim cousins in jersey and i'm so ashamed. >> if they really want no one to
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see that film they should put it in the nbc prime time line up. [ laughter ] >> john: dean thank you so much for joining us. where can people follow you, on twitter and i'm [ inaudible ] chicago, boston d.c. and new york. come on out no pork but we'll have [ inaudible ]. >> john: dean thank you so much. >> thanks guys. >> john: we'll be right back with more and your calls on the "stephanie miller show." >> announcer: you can't turn her off, not in the middle of turning her on. it's the "stephanie miller show." ♪ (vo) current tv presents, a one hour political comedy special. >> republicans. government so small it can fit in your vagina. (vo) featuring stephanie miller
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>> john: it is the "stephanie miller show." you are listening to tom petty and the heart breakers with a really cool blues song called "hi in the morning." it is one of the coolest tom petty albums it's pretty much a straight up blues record. i love tom petty and he needs to release a new record. steph and the mooks will be back on monday, but for today i'm so thrilled to be joined by frank coniff and trayvon freeh. the big documentary about
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stephanie miller sexy liberal tour airs together at 9:00 eastern standard time and will air again at 3:00 am for you west coast people. >> that's when i'll be watching it. >> john: that's right. please check it out. it will-by-you a small taste of what it is like to be on the tour. we started off in madison wisconsin in april 2011 to raise money for wisconsin united. and it wound up grossing over a million dollars the first year. our album was the first comedy album to go to somebody one on the charts. totally independent. we had four poll star nominations. it speaks to the power of stephanie and her fan base. and you always talk about how people love john stewart and bill maher, but you don't get political comedy in clubs.
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so we put together a show we wanted to be really amazing. >> when do we get volume two? >> john: you'll have to ask ms. miller. >> it will be like led zeppelin come my tour two, and three. >> john: yes. we are playing on saturday at the paramount theater. and then in new york's historic becan theater. >> if you guys are going to be there, when will be time for the almond brothers to play. they do a month there every year. >> >> john: they do a week,
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actually. i have only moved in greenwich village my whole life and i just moved to the upper west side so i could talk to the show. and it's grace play if you like white women shopping. [ laughter ] >> john: denise in north carolina good morning. you are on the "stephanie miller show." >> caller: good morning. hi, trayvon, i'm so glad you are back. you did a jesus move didn't you? >> i did. >> john: three days later. >> too bad he is never going to do it. >> john: go ahead, denise. you have a comment about governor romney. >> caller: i do it's about the statement that mittens put out, and it's basically about the standards and what we believe in in this country. this country was built on
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freedom of religion and he forgot his own roots, that's why his grandfather or great grandfather came to this country. i say that to say this was it an apology? no it is not an apology. if i was in that embassy i would have wrote that and a whole lot more about this no-name guy who wrote this film. >> john: i agree. >> caller: i feel the president should come back on this and make a statement about what we truly believe in this country, because we're losing site of it. >> john: you can accept first amendment rights while also acknowledging that free speech has consequences. >> caller: yes, it does. and he should be arrested on some type of violation and put in the nation of islam for
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religious education. >> john: that would be nice to see and i thank you for the call. this was a great example for mitt romney to act like a leader. and if he just said i join the president in grieving all losses. >> he proves if he becomes president and there is a crisis he will act really swiftly on what he doesn't know what he is doing. >> john: in the event of a crisis, the secret service is authorized to give president obama a copy of my pet goat. >> that's comforting. >> john: we are going to go to break, but we will be taking your calls when you come back. i'm going to be performing with hal sparks at the barrymore
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theater, and doing laughing liberally off broadway every monday night through next month. and on september 19th, the penn american center presents stand up for freedom. hilarious comedian and writer for the onion. ♪
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ing this this corruption based on corruption based on corruption. >>that's an understatement, eliot. ♪
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♪ [ inaudible ] ♪ >> john: this is the "stephanie miller show." and you are listening to paul mccartney and wings with one of two songs that was banned by the bbc. this is a song called "give ireland back to the irish." that's one of two mccartney songs that were banned. and paul mccartney has a new album out. called "kisses on the bottom," which is a terrible title. but it's paul mccartney and it is the first album he has ever done where he place to instrument, we just sings. >> and it is duets with
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diana -- >> john: who she plays piano. >> i would love to hear it -- his song writing has been very influenced by old standards. >> john: and this album of his features songs by -- it has songs -- everything from like always to more i cannot wish you, bye-bye black bird. songs that some people say the beetles are responsible for killing. >> he was -- he was -- the beatles always had that kind of -- in addition to all of that rock, they had that kind of tin-pan alley influence. >> john: yeah. mccartney is a guy who still does really edgy stuff even when he is not trying to, and that song was ban -- >> i was born in 1985. [ laughter ] >> john: that's appalling. you were born in 1985 -- you
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are -- wow, you were born when farris buler came out. >> 1985 was the year i sobered up, so in a way that was my first year in consciousness. [ laughter ] >> john: wow, when firries buler came out trayvon free was 1. [ laughter ] >> john: stephanie good morning. >> caller: good morning. thank you for taking my call. >> john: thank you. >> caller: if we ever needed proof that governor romney is incompetent to run this country, it is this past week and his whole take on diplomacy and foreign relations, he does not have a blew that the letter that was sent out -- the word right be different, but the fact that they sent out a letter is what
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diplomacy is all about. >> john: the statement released by the staffer. >> caller: exactly. this is what they do every day around the world. people are there doing their diplomacy. >> john: do you think his campaign was just so desperate that they just -- as the president said shot before they aimed. and had some overreach and jumped the gun too soon. >> caller: without a doubt. but he is also showing that he was ignorant of the facts. i know the facts of diplomacy because i have lived it. for 35 years my father represented this country. >> john: wow. as a gov employee. i couldn't agree with you more. the governor really stepped in
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it. >> i think the one silver lining for romney is that he was so incompetent this week that it makes everyone forget about all of the incompetent the other weeks. before this it was the david gregory thing, where he supported parts of obamacare -- >> john: you are right. all of the conservatives have forgotten that because of this week. i tell all of your conservative listeners i read your hate tweets but this is citizens united. it hurt you. you could have had a real conservative running for your nomination and insecond you have mitt romney. philip from atlanta, you are on the "stephanie miller show." >> caller: good morning guys.
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my girlfriend walked in to the room one day, and saw you and she is like hello, who is this handsome devil? she googled you and -- you know -- >> john: i have an extremely catholic background. i am going to be guest hosting bill's show on month morning. >> caller: oh okay. >> john: and i want to stress bill press is a very fine journalist, i am the complete opposite, i am a professional clown. but i'm a big fan of bill press, and the best thing about doing stephanie's show it guarantees i'm up early listening to bill press as i try not to run into deer. >> they are our biggest listeners that early in the morning. >> john: what do you want to talk about? >> caller: we're both supporters
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of the occupy movement and the obama administration. and i realize great brilliant people like tom morrello who has been at the forefront -- >> john: from rage against the machine. >> caller: right. and he said the only thing i have in common with them is the fact that we both have fathers from kenya and white mothers. [ laughter ] >> caller: i think he fails to acknowledge that they probably have much more in common than he realized. and my to give's father was arrested during the civil rights movement and there are two questions i really want to pose for the occupy movement. number 1 why not get a 99% party to get more people like the bernie sanders. second, you are not going to have real impact in change i
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don't see, until we see those same sit ins and boycotts you had back in the civil rights movement. >> john: you are right. i think you are right, and i thank you for the call philip. i'm sorry we are so sponsored for time. i wanted to into the million, non-millionaire march. >> did you hear the dismissing remark chris christie said about the occupy movement. >> john: what was that? >> let them eat cake. >> john: here is the thing with occupy, there are three points they should make, and i'll lay that out after the break. we still have very special guests. we have two congressmen left on this show, and katrina from the nation will be calling in as well. this is the "stephanie miller show." i'm john fugelsang. delighted to have you here. and we'll be right back after these messages. ♪
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(vo) current tv presents, a one hour political comedy special. >> republicans. government so small it can fit in your vagina. (vo) featuring stephanie miller and friends, in the funniest political comedy tour in america. >> fox news is like a mecca for people who hate mecca. (vo) with exclusive, behind the scenes footage. >> it is a movement. (vo) don't miss stephanie miller"s sexy liberal comedy tour. >> i'm going to go cop some cheap feels.
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♪ >> john: this is the "stephanie miller show." i'm john fugelsang filling in for steph this friday. it has been a great week. you are listening to heads will roll by the yeah yeah yeahs and karen o. thank you for joining us this morning, and i'm very very pleased to welcome our next guest. he is a u.s. representative for kentucky third congressional district.
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congressman yarmuth welcome to the "stephanie miller show." >> thanks for having me. >> john: i wanted to congratulations you because about six weeks ago you were named a recipient of the 2012 best of congress award which celebrates congressmen for their leadership in representing working families. >> appreciate that. and i was honored by that. >> john: so that tells me you are a class war fair wager who hates the job creators. [ laughter ] >> well, that too. >> john: do you find it interesting that the class war fair has become so focused any time someone in congress wants to actually help working families? >> it is pretty bizarre.
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there has been class war fair in this country, and the wealthy class has won. >> john: yeah, uh-huh. >> it seems they only talk about the class war fair from the bottom up and not from the top down. >> john: yeah, if you talk to the 99% it's class war fair if it's the 1% it's class growth. >> 93% of the income in the country went to the top 1% and after that the reaction was how did we let that 7% go to waste. [ laughter ] >> john: so many people who are paying at attention to things like facts and numbers are terrified of the budget. >> that's right. and i do serve on the budget committee and have been fighting that one for this entire congress, but i think he is
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being hoisted on his own patard because democratic candidates throughout the country are describing exactly what is in that. and that's boding well for republicans that voted for it, which virtually everyone did. >> john: indeed. and i was wondering do you find it encouraging that now that paul ryan is out there speaking to people who don't live in a bubble that american people are starting to wake up about some of the problems in his budget? >> exactly right. and basically what he does is again provide even deeper tax cuts for the wealthiest americans, and pays for that by reducing programs that help working families and lower-income americans, and -- and -- what i call the
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human infrastructure part of the economy. i mean taking money away from education, and pell grants and nutrition programs and even things like food inspection and faa -- these are the programs that actually are getting whacked while they lower taxes for millionaires. >> he's proptomaine poisoning growth. [ laughter ] >> john: it really seems like it is the opposite what patriotism is. the talked about how this president has overseen the slowest growth since eisenhower. when he wants to have taxes go up on the top 3% of income earners, it seems to be on so many measures when you look at what the world conservative
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really means, much like bill clinton, barack obama is the fiscal conservative in the room. >> you brought up something that i make a point of whenever i can. that spending has not inkoreaed dramatically. people think it is, again, that's that fox news bubble that people live in. and the problem is the revenue side. president obama -- the size of government is down the number of employees are down. it's just remarkable the disconnect of reality. >> if we didn't have a democratic president, paul ryan voted for every december it is increase. >> john: indeed he did. >> he did more to increase the deficit than any of us will ever do. >> he is like the guy that goes out to dinner with a bunch of
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riches guys and orders everything because he knows he is not paying the tab. >> john: that's right. on an economic level george bush is guilty of the greatest dine and dash in u.s. history. [ laughter ] >> john: is that fair? >> absolutely. two wars off of the books, a huge prescription drug benefit that was not paid for, and the major tax cuts that put us in this position. it was like 1.1 trillion or 1.2 trillion that was built into the deficit when president obama took office. it stayed that way, primarily because income to the government hasn't risen obviously the country is in difficult economic time. the recovery hasn't been strong,
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so revenues haven't increased, but the deficit, most of it was built into the system by the bush administration. >> john: absolutely. it seems like mitt romney proves that the arrow stock krasy is like the mob and the rest of us is the restaurant being burned down for the insurance money. it seems like the republican party really embodies all of the traits of the worst stereo you types. >> yes, and bill clinton did what was probably the greatest contrast to that. he did raise taxes got a handle on government spending and he showed when you do that you can get economic growth and reduce the deficit. >> john: what can ordinary
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citizens do who are waking up and realizing we'll being fed all of the propaganda beyond just voting? the republican party is all talk and no responsibility. >> i come from a media background -- >> john: you were a radio show host. >> yes and i publiced the alternative [ inaudible ] newspaper -- >> i would love to have a media background. [ laughter ] >> well, you are getting one, i guess. we talk about the fox news bubble, and we really have had a dysfunctional government and dysfunctional media over the last 10, 15 years anyway and the vast majority of people are not getting truly balanced perspective on what is going on.
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>> john: right. >> the balance is put somebody on from either side and let them scream at each other. >> make it false equivalency between the two all the time. >> right. and one of the ways i phrase it is that unfortunately in today's world credibility has no market value, and we have got to -- we -- the public has to make sure that credibility is valued. and -- and -- and i think that's going to happen, because i have so many constituents that say i don't know what to believe anymore. so the -- we have got to make sure the public rewards credibility. >> john: does it seem sir because that's there's no long a central news authority. and everybody gets the news that speaks to their biases? >> clearly that's the problem,
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and, you know, the show "news room" which premiered this year on the hbo show was based on that premise that some organizations said we'll be the credible organization, and see if we can survive that way. >> i think aaron did a great thing with that show. i think it's -- having a republican -- or a guy playing a republican who actually wants to clean up the way news is done, kind of like speak to that whole notion. >> that's why i thought it should have been on the si-fy channel. [ laughter ] >> john: congressman as we pointed out on this show, bill clinton did balance the budget by working with conservatives. so given all of this the fact that reagan never balanced the budget once and george w bush
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never could balance the budget why are the conservatives still giving them their money? >> when i talk to conservatives at home these days and the business-type republicans. i think they are getting very very frustrated with their own party. our party has just gone off of the edge -- or over the edge and -- so i -- i think people are waking up. i think you are seeing it now in some polling. the republican convention particularly paul ryan's performance and -- when he was taken to task for the lies that he toll during that presentation. i think people are making up to the fact that they are not getting honest perspectives from republicans, so -- i'm very hopeful that this election will -- will reflect that. again, i think the polling has
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started to reflect that but even to the extent that white men are coming back to democrats more. >> and paul ryan asked for obamacare money as well. >> john: absolutely. i was impressions to hear you use the word lies when referring to paul ryan. is that something you are come forable doing? >> oh absolutely. some of this -- i'm used to it because i live in a state with mitch mcconnell. >> john: do you have a good relationship with mitch mcconnell. >> i have known mitch for 44 years. we used to be political allies i was republican until 1985, and so i know him very well -- >> that's when trayvon was born. >> i know mitch very well and do we have a good relationship?
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we have a civil relationship and i have been aggressive recently in taking him to task because -- and i said to him in a letter, i said you are lying to my constituents. they also happen to be your constituents, but i'm going to make sure my constituents have accurate information about issues that affect their lives. >> john: god bless you sir. >> you run out of euphemisms after a while. >> john: how dare you be biased against fact-checking americans. congressman thank you so much sir. >> thanks for letting me talk with you. >> john: what a pleasure. have a great weekend. what a man, what a man, what a mighty mighty good man. we'll be right back taking your
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comedy tour, and it's premiering tonight on current tv. set your dvrs or -- do they still have tivos frank? >> many my house probably. >> john: well you still have vhs in your house. that will be tonight it features hal sparks, the brilliant, aisha tyler, i think i appear on it and it's going to be a lot of fun. it was filmed in through different shows on the tour. check it out i recommend it highly. we have kat listen in california. and you have been on hold for other an hour so i really want to hear your thoughts on mitt romney. good morning. >> caller: i just wanted to say for mitt romney and reince preibus talking about the -- excuse me -- to -- to
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take the statement in -- that was made by the embassy and that that is sympathizing with the terrorists, is like saying a hostage negotiator is sympathizing with the criminals. >> john: that's a great point. >> caller: they are trying to save lives and you do whatever you can at that moment to try to explain with free speech and freedom of religion we also practice religious tolerance. so when these idiots -- like cynthia was saying, diplomacy. diplomacy is more than a talk point for republicans, and that's all i want to say. >> john: thank you katherine. i think you are completely right. i think mitt romney believes in diplomacy, i just think he believes in listening to what
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his terrible advisors tell him even more. >> and a lot of his advisors are though same people that advised bush. he is making -- they are his advisors. >> john: and i have to give credit to his communications director, eric fehrnstrom, who was the one who came out on july 2nd of this summer and called -- and said that obamacare under the affordable care act was a penalty not a attacks, the next day they the "wall street journal" has a scathing article -- and the next day mitt romney came out and said no, it's a penalty, not a tax. rupert murdoch tweeted that week
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that mitt romney had to dump his advisors. >> the more his campaign goes on i'm starting to think they are working for obama. >> john: during the debates last year, you had herman cain newt gingrich, and michele bachmann -- >> 49% of the country just won't latch on to it. >> it's like that bubble you talk about. they think their narrow view is everybody. >> john: this leads back to this paul ryan thing we have talked about fleetingly over the last few days. paul ryan made a statement in colorado last friday about medical marijuana. and congressman ryan said my personal position has been let the states decide what to do
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about these things. that is the paul ryan point of view. well, paul ryan said that, and right away mitt romney's people were doing damage control, and now saying that paul ryan -- >> he was high when he said it. [ laughter ] >> john: no, he completely agrees on keeping marijuana illegal, and people who smoke it even if they are sick and have cancer deserve to go to jail. and in the 2007 campaign we have a clip where a very sick man -- a fellow who was -- had cancer, in a wheelchair met governor romney at a campaign event, and asked him what he should do. governor romneys response was so callus and cowardly at the time
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that we'll play it again in the next hour to watch these guys doubling down. i think marijuana should not just be legal maybe it should be forcibly administered to congress. maybe then they could just get along and help pass laws for working people. those horrible pot heads like willie nelson who hate freedom. we want to hear from you at 1-800-steph-1-2. we'll also be back with this jacki schechner update. only one more hour stuck with us and then you get momma back next week. don't go away. we'll be right back. ♪
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♪ and your momma [ inaudible ] ♪ ♪ something different [ inaudible ] ♪ >> john: this is the "stephanie miller show." and you are listening to thesis or sisters. this is a mash up of the beatles. i'm john fugelsang filling in for steph all week long. i'm joined by the great frank conniff, comedian trayvon free tony on the mic. it has been a pretty smart day today. >> i have so go home and tell debbie i talked to congressmen today. >> john: have a listen to this.
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>> my personal position on this issue has been let the state handle these things. this has not been a high priority of ours. >> john: that has since been walked back by the romney campaign. you can find this clip on youtube. this was in 2007. and this guy apparently went after romney a few times, and be very careful to pay at attention to what the patient says. >> i have to make medication or i'll die. right now i weigh less than 80 pounds. i have four or five of my doctors saying that i can benefit from medical marijuana.
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>> romney: and you have synthetic marijuana that is available? >> i have tried it and it makes me throw up. i have tried all of the medications they are, and all of the forms they come in. i have muscular dystrophy. >> romney: i'm sorry to hear that. >> my question for you is will you arrest me and my doctors if i get medical marijuana -- >> romney: i'm not in favor of medical marijuana -- hi how are you -- >> would you have me arrested. >> you are not going to answer his question? >> romney: i think i have. >> you are just going to ignore a american in a wheelchair. >> romney: i spoke with him. >> john: and he walks away. rick you are calling from spokane, washington. good morning, what is your comment? thanks for calling. >> caller: it is distressing
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when we see so many veterans returning from the middle east with combat stressors committing suicide at the rate of 28 a day -- >> john: i believe it's 18 a day. >> caller: some of the numbers we saw from the veteran's administration, those numbers were only from six states reporting. >> john: okay. thank you. >> caller: you are welcome. but there can be a very, very effective aid to this rash of suicides. veterans who are enrolled in states that have medical can cannibus programs, they have an improvement of life, where the opiate addiction right now is over the top. >> john: uh-huh. that's the thing.
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you have a pill or a plant. it's not a drug until pfizer makes it into a little white pill. >> caller: the u.s. government currently holds two patents on neuropathic pain transmitters they have awarded the right to a private company, and they are in the process of developing a synthetics. >> john: rick, i thank you so much for the call. i say if it helps our veterans in their recovery it's unpatriotic to keep it from them -- >> what is the logic behind synthetic marijuana being okay but not regular marijuana? >> john: exactly. we'll be right back. this is the "stephanie miller show." i'm john fugelsang in the last half hour of the show. we are taking your calls,
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good morning. >> good morning. you may want to hang out with my husband and my cat. i love stephanie miller's self description in her tour. and i hope it goes very well. >> john: it has been going very well. we're hoping to get you to our show at the beacon. >> oh yeah i saw that. that's great. >> john: getting that many cool people on a boat at once sounds like a dream audience. >> it's pretty wild. >> john: the nation did something i really loved last week. you had the people's platform your version of what the democratic platform could be at the launch of the dnc, and it was a really inspiring issue. what inspired you to -- >> thank you. >> john: -- to put that together? thank you. >> thank you, john. part of our work and how we all approach our political lives these days is we're working with
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what we have, but we're always trying to build a more fair, more just society. and i think it was rooted in that idea that while the democratic platform has moved in a direction, that arc of history towards justice, with the full embrace of lbgt couples. that has been a long time coming, but we still felt there needed to be a more boldly progressive direction, so we came up with these planks but we also put it on the and solicited other ideas from our readers and community. i just think we need to think how do we build a different kind of society even when we work in the world that we live in and try to ensure that we don't get
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pummelled too much. we didn't lose sight of what we want to build. >> john: what has inspired you more in the last two weeks? the dnc's convention or mitt romney's efforts at foreign policy? what has made you more enthusiastic about barack obama? >> you know, mitt romney's response to what has happened in egypt and libya, was so appalling, was so reckless, was so risky, and so aggressive it showed a man and a party by the way and advisors who see the world in black and white, who seem prepared to go to war, who people prepared to ignore that even in their own party there's not much enthusiasm among people exhausted by two wars that this country has fought over the ten,
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12 years, but you have the same people around romney who took us into one of the greatest foreign policy national security disasters of this country's history, not to minimize the thousands and thousands of iraqi civilians who's lives were destroyed in that war, but just on the u.s. side we are not more secure as a result of that war, and when we talk about the deficit and debt as the republican party does cease leslie -- >> john: when a democrat is in office, they do. >> and you know it's two unfunded wars, the bush tax cuts, the financial crisis, and medicare d and all of that but i think what we saw with mitt romney is a man who in my view -- and i believe in the view of some serious republicans, seems unfit to hold the office of president if that office includes being commander
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in chief which last i checked, it does. >> john: uh-huh. i think you are right. he lost peggy noonan this week. >> matthew said sarah palin must be advising mitt romney. this is amateur, and it's not -- i laugh too, but then you think of the -- the risks, the danger. there was a wonderful letter in the "new york times" today by a professor of law at columbia law school. he said mitt romney's response to the killing reminded us of the wisdom of napoleons warning. >> john: yes. >> let me just -- just taped a
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bill moyer show called the 1% court, and in it we begin to show talking about the ages of some of the justices ruth bader ginsberg is 79 but she is in frail health. >> john: indeed. >> we do focus on the court for good reason around abortion rights, critical issues like that. but what this issue looks at is how this court has empowered the 1% at the expense of the 99%, that the powerful have their thumbs all over this court while the working people are getting the shaft from this court. >> john: absolutely. >> shielding financial institutions from accountability. and of course in the citizens united decision of 2010 it
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allowed the infusion of money into an all right polluted political system, which takes us back to our platform because so many issues we brought up, these are connected to the money in our politics. there's a reason we don't have some of these reforms or the reforms that president obama fought for. >> even though the public wants? >> exactly. >> the congress and the courts -- >> john: but it wasn't popular with joe lieberman, so we're not going to have it. >> right. >> the danger is the more and more that the scales are tipped towards the super pacs the secret money, people's voices will get shouted down and shut off. >> john: we saw it happen this year, because conservatives voices were the first one to be truly silenced by citizens united when governor romney steam rolled the gingrich and
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sanatorium campaigns. >> that's true. i also see the power of money in what i think is one of the most serious problems and issues in this election, which is voter suppression. this is an election first of all that is being fought in about eight states. but it's really about get out to vote versus voter suppression, what kind of political party bets its future on suppressing the vote rather than expanding the vote. >> john: exactly. >> that's a party that looks out at this country, sees how it is changing demographically, that there are new coalitions the young, and people of color, and the money they are pouring in is part of that suppression. >> and as a black american, i am
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extremely disgusted with the voter id laws and the voter up presentation that has taken place. especially the fact that no one is really fighting hard enough to call these people out on what they are doing. >> john: progressive media is -- >> i mean on a scale that something happens where things are starting to backtrack -- some of these places the laws are actually being put into effect and it's disturbing that it is an issue issue -- that it is happening in 2012. >> yeah. >> it's like how far have we come -- >> john: and again, we do not have a problem. >> you are more likely to be struck by lightning right now or see a unicorn. really, there was a bush administration department of justice report, i think they
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found at it cases, and surveyed thousands and thousands. what has happened is very cleverly and i don't say that in a positive way. the republicans have placed and elected these governors in key states who are ramming these things through and it is the case that there is not enough of a fight, but you are seeing legal action, the key is to link it to the community organizing progressive action and i think this white house not vocally enough -- >> that's what i was getting at. it feels like to me it is such a bigger deal than it is being made of by the white house. you are talking about a voter's right act that happened in what -- >> yeah. >> and people are actively trying to reverse that law. >> and the next step by the way talking about the supreme court, we have a reporter looking at this. there is a well-funded think
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tank, financial and other right of right-wing infrastructure poised to target gut and destroy the voting rights act by gutting section 5. the section so critical to the voting rights act. that is the goal. in the meantime what we're witnessing are skirmishes leading up to that. so i think the good news is many of the decisions in these key states have gone in the right way. to be honest with you, i don't know if the strategy of the administration is to not speak to much, sort of carry a big stick, but be quiet, because i think the department of justice has a lot of action going on on this front. >> and i think obama is probably careful about the more he speaks up about this, the more the right-wing is going to portray him as being uptight --
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>> john: exactly. >> it gives them the opportunity to demonize him, and like you are saying it's like the small stick. because the courts are having some success. >> john: i agree. >> and i also think what is important -- we have a project here at the called voting rights watch. i think part of the strategy is also that this should not be a partisan issue. why should it -- this is about democracy, and expanding democracy, that has been the curve of justice that this country is committed to. >> but if you expand democracy the republicans lose. [ laughter ] >> right. but if you expand the issue it looks like a partisan issue, when it should be a partisan issue. i have looked into this a little because of the citizens united fight and people say it's just impossible to fight for an
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inamendment. the right-wing has mobilized around amendments over the years, and we have had 17 amendments since the bill of rights. and they have been franchise expanding, democracy reducing. and basically it's a republican party committed to rolling back the civilized advances of the 20th and 21st century, and the key is voting rights. >> john: yes, and the key lining is that it is clearly a sign that the right-wing arris tock aresy is getting scared and they know the minorities are going to be able to take democracy back. >> right. >> john: i think these are signs that the right-wing base is
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really scared that they are not going to have the power to win honestly anymore because there are less of them every year. >> i agree, but i think what we are witnessing in 2012 is the kind of last hurrah of a party that is increasingly pail, stale, and older -- but in the last harraw, the ability to poor in millions and millions so outspend troops, and then combine that with the ability if the courts don't go the right way, they could have a last hurrah in this season. in 2042, i believe this country will be majority minority. so the tea party and the elements around it is they are
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nos tall gik for a country that in never ways really existed or was bigoted, was not true to the greatest ideals of america, and they are trying to stay there but you can't. because you are on the wrong side of history. >> john: they cling to eisenhower who has higher taxes and -- [overlapping speakers] >> john: it is such an honor to have you on here. i think your magazine is one of the finest gifts you can give to a loved one, child or parent any time. >> thank you. >> john: thank you have a great weekend. >> thank you. >> john: boy i love her. >> yeah, she is awesome. you know how they say steinfeld
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surrounded himself with better actors to make himself look bad, i do with that with people who are more intelligent then me. we'll be right back. >> romney: i love it. it's a fabulous program. >> announcer: it's the "stephanie miller show." ♪ >> it is a movement. (vo) don't miss stephanie miller"s sexy liberal comedy cheap feels. [ train whistle blows ] [ ball hitting paddle ] [ orbit girl ] don't let food hang around. yeah! [ orbit trumpet ] clean it up with orbit! [ orbit glint ] fabulous! for a good clean feeling.
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anybody? anybody? what time is it? oh, right. go time! [ ♪ music ♪ ] >> john: this is the "stephanie miller show" with john fugelsang. i want to play this really funny barack obama campaigned a that is a little bit controversial. i'm here with trayvon free and
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frank conniff. >> obama: are you on board? okay. good. because i'm counting on you, everybody is. we have to get this right. just remember i'm trusting you on this and i'll see you there. >> john: pull out and it's [ inaudible ] on the couch. >> who was that? the president. sweet [ laughter ] >> john: this got a lot of marijuana advocates angry. >> doesn't it seem like legalizing drugs would be a very popular thing and the politicians -- it's another one of those things where they are just out of touch -- >> for a while it was going to
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be his october surprise. >> john: he has suggested he would revisit drug policy but i think this is why so many young people are drawn to the ron paul campaign. >> you have to be high to like him. >> john: the drug war has failed. it's helping one group only, the prison industrial complex. gene you are calling from california. good morning. >> caller: good morning, john. i'm out here in california and we have kind of different laws. i want to let you know that i'm a 64-year-old artist and my husband is 77 and we have been medical marijuana patients for quite sometime. i also -- my art involves marijuana. so i'm very involved -- i have been very --
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>> john: how does your art involve marijuana? you paint with hemp or paintings about marijuana? >> caller: i do -- well i work with photo shop and my -- >> without a computer. [ laughter ] >> caller: i have millions of pictures of gardens all over california, and i use those and turn them into fine art and turned them into fabric and i have turned them into -- >> are your prices high? >> caller: excuse me? >> john: he wanted to know if your prices were high? >> caller: my husband and i would not do very well in prison. >> john: so you'll soon be a senior, your husband is a senior, and you both use medical marijuana. has it had positive health benefits for you? >> caller: definitely. and it's not oxycontin. which so many people are hooked on for pain, and marijuana does the trick, and i want to tell
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you that it's not the -- it's not the big deal that everybody is making it. >> john: right on. >> caller: it was political from the get-go. >> john: hey, look lincoln smoked it. and if your wife was a crazy shopping addict you would have to indulge as well. >> my only experience with medical marijuana when i used to smoke was when i would get high and watch marcus wellby. [ laughter ] >> john: i'm sorry we didn't get to all of the calls. i'm can hal sparks in madison, wisconsin on october 6th. sexy liberal comedy tour will be in seattle on the 29th. follow trayvon free and frank conniff on twitter.
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